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Marcus Sasser Named The American Athletic Conference Player of the Week for week ending Jan. 10

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POSTED: January 11, 2021 -- 3:36 p.m. CT

For the second time this season, University of Houston sophomore guard Marcus Sasser was named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Monday.

Sasser led the 11th ranked Cougars to a pair of home wins over American Athletic Conference rivals Wichita State and Tulane inside the Fertitta Center last week. Sasser averaged a team-high 20.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 4.5 3-pointers per game in the wins.

Sasser finished with 12 points and grabbed three rebounds with three assists and a steal in Wednesday's win over Wichita State.

He enjoyed a career-day in the Cougars' 71-50 win over Tulane on Saturday. Sasser set career bests and Fertitta Center records with 28 points and eight 3-pointers against the Green Wave.

He became only the fifth player in school history to drain 8 or more 3-pointers in a game and became just the seventh Cougars to enjoy multiple games with 7 or more treys in his career.

Sasser was named the league's first Player of the Week on November 30 after sinking a then-Fertitta Center record seven 3-pointers in the Cougars' win over Lamar in the season opener.

Sasser ranks second among the Cougars and fifth in the league with 16.3 points per game and tops the American with 3.4 3-pointers per game.


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PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Marcus Sasser * Sophomore * Guard * Houston

Sasser helped lead the Cougars to a 2-0 week in conference play, averaging 20.0 points, 3.0 assists and 2.0 rebounds. The sophomore guard scored 28 points against Tulane on Saturday (January 9), including eight 3-pointers, a league-high for the season.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK

Ricky Council IV * Guard * Wichita State

Council averaged 14.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in a 1-1 week for the Shockers. The freshman guard recorded a season-high 23 points with six rebounds in Wichita State's win over Cincinnati on Sunday (January 10), the most points scored by a Shocker true freshman since 2009.


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Weekly Honor Roll

Zach Harvey * Sophomore * Guard * Cincinnati

Harvey averaged 16.0 points and 3.0 rebounds as the Bearcats went 1-1 last week. The sophomore guard had a career-high 19 points, including four 3-pointers at Wichita State on January 10 and shot 64.7 percent from the field for the week.

Tremont Robinson-White * Junior * Guard * East Carolina

Robinson-White recorded a career-high 29 points, including three 3-pointers, on 9-of-14 shooting from the field in a close loss to Tulsa on Saturday (January 9).

Kendric Davis * Junior * Guard * SMU

Davis averaged recorded 14 points and set an American Athletic Conference single-game record with 14 assists in the Mustangs' loss to Cincinnati on Thursday (January 7).

Brandon Rachal * Senior * Guard * Tulsa

Rachal posted 15 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists in a road win for the Golden Hurricane at USF on Wednesday (January 6).

Tyson Etienne * Sophomore * Guard * Wichita State

Etienne averaged 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in a 1-1 week for the Shockers. The sophomore guard had 25 points in a loss at Houston and 16 in a win over Cincinnati.

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